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Huge 'Petya' cyber attack spreading across the world in potential repeat of 'Wannacry' hack – The Independent


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Huge 'Petya' cyber attack spreading across the world in potential repeat of 'Wannacry' hack
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A huge cyber attack that initially hit Ukraine has spread across the world, causing major disruption. The hack was already the biggest in Ukraine's history but it has now affected other countries – including the UK, Spain and India – and may be
'Petya' ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe and USThe Guardian
Another big malware attack ripples across the worldCNNMoney
Massive Global Cyberattack Shuts Down World's Biggest Shipping CompanyGameSpot
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Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous – The Guardian


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Trump's disdain for diplomacy is making the world more dangerous
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The confrontation prompted talk of nuclear war around the world. It came to nothing, for now at least. And Trump's claim to have scored a breakthrough strategic success by inducing China's to increase pressure on Pyongyang also proved illusory.
Syria chemical attack may be being prepared, US warnsBBC News

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Serena Williams would be '700 in the world' on men's tour, says McEnroe – The Guardian


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Serena Williams would be '700 in the world' on men's tour, says McEnroe
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John McEnroe has reopened a timeworn debate by saying that Serena Williams would “be like 700 in the world” if she played on the men's tour. That would put Williams (career earnings: $84.4m) just behind Brazil's Wilson Leite (career earnings: $74,000
Tennis world inflamed over John McEnroe's need to rate SerenaNew York Post
John McEnroe: Serena Williams Would Be 'Number 700 in World' in Men's TennisRollingStone.com
Serena Williams: John McEnroe believes she would struggle on men's circuitBBC Sport
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16 breathtaking photos of Eid celebrations around the world – Business Insider


Indian Muslims offer prayers at a mosque in the premises of the Taj Mahal in Agra, India, Monday, June 26, 2017.Indian Muslims offer Eid al-Fitr prayers outside the Taj Mahal in Agra, India.AP Photo / Pawan Sharma

From June 25 to 26, the world’s Muslim community celebrated Eid al-Fitr. The holiday marks the breaking of the Ramadan fast, where practising Muslims forgo food and drink from sunrise to sunset, for one month.

The timing of Eid can be difficult, as it’s based on the appearance of a new moon, which can vary from country to country or be masked by cloudy skies. 

Processions kick off with a special, early morning prayer and are then followed by feasts and festivities.

Islam is the second largest religion in the world by believers, which number around 1.8 billion. By 2070, it could overtake Christianity (currently about 2.2 billion believers) as the world’s largest religion.

Muslim populations are therefore prevalent in almost all corners of the globe and Eid celebrations are always a worldwide affair.

From Brooklyn to Beijing, here’s how the world’s Muslims celebrated Eid.

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New Delhi, India.

New Delhi, India.

AP Photo / Manish Swarup


Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Antara Foto / Andreas Fitri Atmoko / via REUTERS


East Java, Indonesia.

East Java, Indonesia.

Antara Foto / Zabur Karuru / via REUTERS


Moscow, Russia.

Moscow, Russia.

REUTERS / Sergei Karpukhin


Mosul, Iraq.

Mosul, Iraq.

REUTERS / Alaa Al-Marjani


Jakarta, Indonesia.

Jakarta, Indonesia.

AP Photo / Achmad Ibrahim


Cairo, Egypt.

Cairo, Egypt.

REUTERS / Amr Abdallah Dalsh


Juba, South Sudan.

Juba, South Sudan.

REUTERS / Stringer


Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexico City, Mexico.

REUTERS / Henry Romero


California, U.S.A.

California, U.S.A.

REUTERS / Patrick T. Fallon


Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A.

REUTERS / Kholood Eid


Kathmandu, Nepal.

Kathmandu, Nepal.

REUTERS / Navesh Chitrakar


Beijing, China.

Beijing, China.

REUTERS / Thomas Peter


Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

REUTERS / Faisal Mahmood


Istanbul, Turkey.

Istanbul, Turkey.

AP Photo / Emrah Gurel


Agra, India.

Agra, India.

AP Photo / Pawan Sharma

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Chris Rock's Total Blackout review – blistering start to a new world tour – The Guardian


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Total Blackout marks Rock's first major world tour in nine years and in Western Australia, the first place he's performed it outside of the US and Canada, it begins with a question local audiences frequently hear from visiting artists: “What the fuck

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Fearless Russell Reynolds to start for LSU vs. Florida in College World Series final Game 1 – The Advocate



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At practice Sunday, LSU coach Paul Mainieri laughed as reporters tried to guess who would be the Tigers’ starting pitcher Monday for Game 1 of the College World Series final against Florida.

“You guys are way off,” Mainieri said as names like Todd Peterson and Nick Bush were thrown out.

LSU vs. Florida in College World Series finals: Game times, scouting the Gators, more

So they meet again … the LSU Tigers and Florida Gators.

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Turns out the coach was true to his word, naming little-used senior right-hander Russell Reynolds as his choice. Reynolds’ start Monday at 7 p.m. will be the right hander’s first since 2015.

Reynolds is 1-1 this season with an 8.59 earned run average in 14 appearances with just 14.2 total innings of work.

Reynolds did pitch an inning in LSU’s 13-1 loss last Monday to Oregon State. He came on in the eighth, allowing one hit and a walk but no runs.

Reynolds, who went to Parkview Baptist in Baton Rouge, is known as one of the team’s most fearless pitchers.

“It won’t be too big for Reynolds,” Mainieri said. “He won’t be afraid.”

Mainieri also said Peterson, who has three starts this season, “has a tender arm and just isn’t himself right now.”

Florida, meanwhile, will counter with one of its best pitchers: sophomore righty Brady Singer (8-5, 3.18 ERA).

Rabalais: 2017 LSU baseball team has already delivered its 'big diamond moment'

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At a Sunday morning news conference, Mainieri said he was undecided about who to start Monday, but had strong convictions about what to do with his two best starting pitchers: Alex Lange and Jared Poche.

He said he wouldn’t use Lange until Wednesday’s “if necessary” Game 3, leaving Poche to start Game 2 on Tuesday.

Lange (10-5, 2.97 earned run average) pitched 7.1 innings of one run, two-hit ball Friday in a 3-1 victory over Oregon State.

“I just feel in my heart that it’s the right thing to do,” Mainieri said. “He’s got a long (professional) career ahead of him. He’s never pitched on three days rest before, so I don’t know how effective he would be.”

Saving Poche (12-3, 3.33 ERA) until Game 2 will allow the senior left-hander to work on five days rest, Mainieri said. Poche pitched eight innings of four run ball (three earned) Wednesday in a 7-4 win over Florida State.

Poche, who became LSU’s career leader in wins with 39 in his last start, said he couldn’t imagine going out a better way than making his last start with a national championship at stake.

“It’s what every college pitcher would hope for,” he said.

LSU’s starting pitching situation is complicated by the loss of No. 3 weekend starter Eric Walker to an arm injury last Monday. Mainieri said he wouldn’t allow Walker to pitch again in Omaha.

The championship series opener begins Monday at 6 p.m. at TD Ameritrade Park. Game 2 will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. An if-necessary Game 3 will be Wednesday at 7 p.m.

All games will be broadcast on ESPN.

Why LSU DH Beau Jordan's home run vs. Oregon State wasn't his biggest hit of game

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UN: Yemen faces world's worst cholera outbreak – Aljazeera.com


Yemen is facing the “world’s worst cholera outbreak”, with about 1,310 people dying due to the disease since late April, according to the World Health Organization.

More than 200,000 suspected cases of cholera have been recorded in the Arabian Peninsula country and as many as 300,000 people could become infected by the end of August, Margaret Chan, WHO’s director-general, said in a statement on Saturday. 

“In just two months, cholera has spread to almost every governorate of this war-torn country,” Chan and Anthony Lake, UNICEF executive director, said.

“Already more than 1,300 people have died – one quarter of them children – and the death toll is expected to rise.”

READ MORE : WHO – Speed of Yemen cholera outbreak ‘unprecedented’

Cholera is a highly contagious bacterial infection spread through contaminated food or water. It can be fatal within hours if left untreated.

Although the disease is easily treatable, doing so in Yemen, a country riven by conflict, has proved particularly difficult.

The UN has placed blame on all the rival sides and their international backers for the spread of cholera, which it calls a man-made humanitarian catastrophe.

“This is because of conflict, its man- made, its very severe, the numbers are absolutely staggering, its getting worse,” Stephen O’Brien, a senior UN humanitarian affairs official, said. 

“The cholera element in addition to all the lack of food, the lack of medical supplies is of course, primarily, one has to put that at the door of all parties to the conflict.”

More than 1,300 people have died since the cholera outbreak began in April [Abduljabbar Zeyad/Reuters]

In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies launched an air campaign aimed at reversing Houthi military gains and backing Yemen’s UN-recognised government.

Two years of conflict have killed more than 10,000 people, wounded 45,000 others, and displaced more than 11 percent of the country’s 26 million people.

On Friday, the humanitarian group Oxfam called for a ceasefire because of the outbreak, but the war shows no sign of letting up.

At the Sabeen hospital in the capital, Sanaa, two to three new patients arrive every minute, with many suffering from cholera.

READ MORE: Yemen cholera crisis – Disease kills ‘one person per hour’

The outbreak began last year, but a second wave of the waterborne disease has spread even quicker in the last two months.

“We are receiving many patients from all over the country, and some are in bad condition,” Ismail Mansouri, a physician, said.

“We are facing many obstacles. We lack many medical equipment, rehydration solutions and medicine.”

The hospital does not have enough doctors and nurses, Mansouri said.

Who is to blame for the cholera outbreak in Yemen?

Those who are there have been working around the clock to deal with the crisis.

Because of the war, many Yemenis face difficulties accessing clean water.

A large number of patients also have difficulty reaching the closest medical facility.

Some patients had to travel for hours just to reach the Sabeen hospital.

The UN children’s agency UNICEF also called for all sides of the conflict to allow aid agencies better access to those in need. 

“The number of cases is increasing at a staggering rate,” Najwa Mekki, UNICEF spokesperson, told Al Jazeera.

“It’s critical that aid agencies and others are able to reach these children as soon as possible to provide them with the aid they need.”

Against this background, Saudi Arabia’s ministry of culture and information announced on Saturday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has donated $66.7m to the WHO and UNICEF to fight cholera in Yemen.

 

Source: Al Jazeera and news agencies

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Russia's entire 2014 World Cup squad face Fifa doping investigation – The Guardian


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Russia is at the centre of another doping scandal after it emerged the country's entire 23-man squad from the 2014 World Cup is being investigated by Fifa over possible drugs offences. Russia is currently hosting the Confederations Cup and in under a
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Another world is possible, Corbyn tells Glastonbury – video – The Guardian


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Corbyn sends a message to Donald Trump, saying “build bridges not walls” and calls for equality and justice in British society. He concludes by quoting Shelley and saying “let us be together and recognise another world is possible if we come together.”.

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The world's ugliest dog is…. – The Mercury News


PETALUMA — Martha is big, ugly, lazy and gassy. And a world champion.

In a competition annually dominated by the old, the tiny, and the hairless, the 3-year-old, 125-pound Neapolitan Mastiff used her lollygagging youth to win the 29th annual World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.

She was a favorite of the Northern California crowd from the start, often plopping down on her side on stage with her droopy face spread across the ground when she was supposed to be showing off. The judges didn’t even need to hear her signature snore to give her the award.

“Do you know you just won the World’s Ugliest Dog Contest?” asked Kerry Sanders of NBC News, one of three judges who gave Martha the crown. Her handler Shirley Zindler answered for her: “I’d gloat, but I need a nap.”

Martha lumbered away with $1,500, a flashy trophy and a trip to New York for media appearances, all things she could hardly care less about.

The dog, from nearby Sebastopol, was rescued when she was nearly blind from neglect by the Dogwood Animal Rescue Project in Sonoma County, where the contest was held. After several surgeries, she can now see again, Zindler said.

The only animal in this year’s contest too big to be held by her handler, Martha beat out 13 other dogs, most of them the kind of older, smaller dogs who win here.

Moe, a 16-year-old Brussels Griffon-pug mix from Santa Rosa, California, who was the oldest in the competition, came in second. He had lost his hearing and sight but his sense of smell is strong and he was enjoying all the smells at the Sonoma-Marin Fair where the contest is held, including funnel cakes and other fried goodies.

Chase, a 14-year-old Chinese Crested-Harke mix, came all the way from Neath, United Kingdom to take third place.

The contestants were judged on first impressions, unusual attributes, personality and audience reaction.

Many of the contestants were adopted. Monkey, a 6-year-old Brussels Griffon, and Icky, an 8-year-old unknown breed, were both rescued from the homes of hoarders.

These dogs — some with acne, others with tongues permanently sticking out — are used to getting called ugly. But for their owners, it was love at first sight.
“He’s my sexy boy,” Vicky Adler, of Davis, California, said of her 8-year-old Chinese Crested named Zoomer.

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